Mike Cantrell wrote:Short answer: go search "masonry stove" "masonry heater" "Russian stove" and "Russian heater".
Long answer: The need for small splits isn't about moisture content, but about air contact. If you've got just one fat piece of wood in your feed hole, then the air can only touch the outside surface, and the wood can only burn on the outside surface. If you split the same piece into four pieces, then think about how much more surface area it has.
allen lumley wrote:Frank G. : A suggestion; google '' High Temperature Hydrogen Attack '' to understand why you can not just add cob or insulation to the outside of a iron box type
Wood Stove !
Adding additional High Temp Firebrick to the inside of one of these wood stoves quickly chokes down the interior area to the point that you are right back at a too
small Combustion zone and you will be spending too much time feeding your Franken-Stove in order to get any amount of space heating !
Hope this helps and is timely ! Big AL !